First of all, there’s so much to love about this book! I read it in one sitting. I love the photographs that are included, especially of the children, strange, and haunting photographs, which in an interview with the author included in the back of the book Riggs says were a part of the writing process,
‘ultimately the photos and the story influenced each other,’
I like the island setting, the time travel, the changeling elements of the peculiar children, and the historical backdrop against World War Two too. The story of Jacob’s grandfather, and Emma, the romance that couldn’t be, I found to be a touching part of the story.
The story itself was thin on the ground. There were parts that could have been extended, or written better. The rush of detail, threat, and action towards the end of the book was dizzying, but overall the feel of the story, the world(s) Riggs created, was enthralling.